Daytona 24 Hours: Ganassi leads from Meyer Shank after hour 15

The Chip Ganassi Racing Cadillac led the Daytona 24 Hours with nine hours remaining, taking advantage of a caution period to take the lead away from the Wayne Taylor Racing Acura

Daytona 24 Hours: Ganassi leads from Meyer Shank after hour 15

The order was shaken up by the seventh full-course caution of the race at the start of the 14th hour, caused by Mikkel Jensen spinning the PR1/Mathiasen Motorsports Oreca LMP2 after contact with an LMP3 car at Turn 3.

It prompted the #10 Acura ARX-05 of Taylor (who had taken over from Filipe Albuquerque at the start of the previous hour) to come in and take a brake change, dropping the car down the order and promoting the #48 Action Express Cadillac of Mike Rockenfeller into the lead.

But the WTR Acura was soon clawing its way back up the order, and by the start of the 15th hour it was Mike Conway in the #31 AXR Cadillac heading up Scott Dixon in the Ganassi car and Taylor, with Rockenfeller having dropped back as his stint wore on.

Dixon and Taylor both passed Conway's Whelen Engineering-sponsored car, which was appearing to struggle with lapping traffic, and when Dixon handed over to Renger van der Zande at his next stop, Taylor was promoted back into the top spot.

Another caution was triggered when Kevin Estre spun the WeatherTech Racing Porsche and pulled debris on to the track, which prompted the top five DPis to all pit.

Van der Zande, who had been passed by Kamui Kobayashi in the #48 Cadillac shortly before the pitstops, was back into the lead after the stops, with AJ Allmendinger jumping to second in the Meyer Shank Racing Acura by virtue of taking fuel only.

Conway was third in the #48 car, followed by Kobayashi in P4 and the WTR Acura, now with Helio Castroneves at the helm, just before action resumed following the caution. The Mazda continued to circulate three laps down in sixth with Oliver Jarvis driving.

In LMP2, an unknown problem that sent the Cetilar Dallara behind the wall in Hour 15 gave the Tower Motorsport by Starworks Oreca - currently with Gabriel Aubry at the wheel - an advantage of a lap over the field.

Paul-Loup Chatin was second in the Era Motorsport Oreca, locked in battle with Devlin DeFrancesco in the DragonSpeed Oreca following the caution.

The #75 Riley Motorsports Ligier continues to lead in LMP3 by five laps with Spencer Pigot at the wheel, with the recovering Sean Creech Motorsport Ligier now the nearest competitor following an issue for the Muehlner Motorsports Duqueine.

BMW took the lead of the GT Le Mans class thanks to the 15th hour caution, which allowed the #25 car driven by Connor de Phillippi to get ahead of both of the Corvettes.

Nicky Catsburg had briefly got the #3 Corvette ahead of the sister #4 car early in the 15th hour, with the caution helping to negate what had been an advantage of some five seconds for Alexander Sims, but the Dutch driver's spell in the lead proved short-lived.

Once Sims was back ahead, Catsburg continued to stick closely to the tail of the Englishman, with the two Corvettes running in tandem until the eighth caution.

De Phillippi had been running only five seconds off the lead at the time, but was up to second at the 15-hour mark and shortly after that passed Antonio Garcia, now in the #3 Corvette.

Tommy Milner ran third in the #4 Corvette, ahead of the Risi Competizione Ferrari of James Calado, while the second BMW of Marco Wittmann got back on the lead lap after the caution.

In GT Daytona, the HTP Winward Motorsport Mercedes-AMG GT3 of Phillip Ellis had a narrow advantage over Raffaele Marciello's similar SunEnergy 1 Racing machine.

The AF Corse Ferrari 488 GT3 that had led the class prior to the caution in the hands of Nicklas Nielsen was third, with Matteo Cressoni taking over from Nielsen.

Paul Miller Racing's delayed Lamborghini Huracan GT3 was able to get back on to the lead lap thanks to the yellow and ran fourth with Corey Lewis on board, ahead of Jan Heylen in the Wright Motorsports Porsche 911 GT3 R and Zacharie Robichon in the Pfaff Motorsports Porsche.

shares
comments
Daytona 24 Hours: Albuquerque holds lead for WTR at half distance

Previous article

Daytona 24 Hours: Albuquerque holds lead for WTR at half distance

Next article

Daytona 24 Hours: WTR Acura ahead of Ganassi after 18 hours

Daytona 24 Hours: WTR Acura ahead of Ganassi after 18 hours
Load comments

About this article

Series IMSA
Teams Meyer Shank Racing
Author Jamie Klein
Why IMSA glory for Mazda would be a bittersweet ending Plus

Why IMSA glory for Mazda would be a bittersweet ending

Mazda believes it has never had a better chance of clinching the title in IMSA's Prototype division. Achieving this goal would be the bittersweet culmination of an achingly hard struggle, after which the brand has decided to quit

IMSA
Apr 11, 2021
The groundbreaking new boss leading GM's sportscar assault Plus

The groundbreaking new boss leading GM's sportscar assault

After taking over Corvette Racing from long-time custodian Doug Fehan, 34-year-old Laura Wontrop Klauser is leading General Motors through a transitional phase in sportscar racing. Here’s how she got into her dream role and what she plans to do with it

IMSA
Mar 21, 2021
Nine things to look out for at the 2021 Daytona 24 Hours Plus

Nine things to look out for at the 2021 Daytona 24 Hours

After a 100-minute sprint race to whet the appetite, the 2021 IMSA SportsCar Championship gets underway properly this weekend. With plenty of significant changes during the winter, here are the key points you need to keep an eye on

IMSA
Jan 29, 2021
Why Magnussen is relishing a fresh start in sportscars Plus

Why Magnussen is relishing a fresh start in sportscars

Having gone over seven years without a race win through spells with McLaren, Renault and Haas, Kevin Magnussen's departure from Formula 1 for IMSA with big-hitter Chip Ganassi Racing could give him what he craves most - a chance of success

IMSA
Jan 29, 2021
Oliver Gavin's Corvette Racing highlights Plus

Oliver Gavin's Corvette Racing highlights

Oliver Gavin has stepped down from the full-time Corvette Racing line-up after a stellar career with the team spanning nearly 20 years. He looks back on a stint that encompassed, among other successes, five Le Mans 24 Hours victories

IMSA
Jan 28, 2021
The 12 greatest Sebring 12 Hours ranked Plus

The 12 greatest Sebring 12 Hours ranked

The 2020 edition of the Florida sportscar classic is finally taking place this weekend, eight months after its traditional date in March. That meant there was plenty of time for Autosport to pour over its previous 67 races and select the best

IMSA
Nov 11, 2020
When Porsche became a giant-killer Plus

When Porsche became a giant-killer

In the first of a new series celebrating underdog achievements from the annals of motorsport history, we revisit the 2015 Petit Le Mans - where a tyre advantage in appallingly wet conditions helped the GT cars overcome the prototypes

IMSA
Apr 15, 2020
Why one car was "too fast for everyone" at Daytona Plus

Why one car was "too fast for everyone" at Daytona

Cadillac's 100% streak of Daytona 24 Hours DPi-based victories was extended last weekend, with the Wayne Taylor Racing squad triumphant. But the manner of that victory was the real story of the first major sportscar race of 2020

IMSA
Jan 27, 2020